Music in Mind

When we listen to music, It’s processed in many different areas of our brain. The extent of the brain’s involvement was scarcely imagined until the early nineties, when functional brain imaging became possible. The major computationals centres include:

Corpus Callosum

Connects left and Right Hemispheres

Motor Cortex

Movement, Foot, Tapping, Dancing and Playing an instrument

Prefrontal Cortex

Creation of expectations, violation and satisfaction of expectations.

Nucleus Accumbens

Emotional reactions to music

Amygdala

Emotional reactions to music.


Sensory Cortex

Tactile feedback from playing an instrument and dancing

Auditory Cortex

The first stages of listening to sound. The perception and analysis of tones.

Hippocampus

Memory for music, musical experiences and contexts.

Visual Cortex

Reading music, looking at a performer's or one's own movements.

Cerebellum

Movement such as foot tapping, dancing and playing an instrument. Also involved in emotional reactions to music.

Philosophy & Concept
Music and The Mind

Rhapsody’s philosophy of “Education Through Music” is underscored by findings on Music and the brain. Music activates a greater proportion of the whole brain, and has been shown to be highly effective in impacting both immediate and long-term memory of a child. Academic mapping of subject concepts (Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, Languages including English Learning) to musical exercises, activities and songs has resulted in a syllabus which has about 460 lesson plans (from Kindergarten to Class VIII). Lessons in the Rhapsody methodology also cover a spectrum of age-appropriate songs from a variety of genres and contexts.

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Lessons are conducted within the curriculum by our trainers (usually ONE lesson period per class per week). The lessons are usually a composite of creative expression exercises, songs or musical exercise, craft or allied activity to the lesson and a revision of concepts. Showcasing of learning is done every fourth week in each class in a school. Naturally, this lesson plan embraces the idea of imparting musical knowledge to children. A wide variety of genres are stressed as opposed to over reliance on any one specific genre.

Rhapsody’s approach is thus the first Multi-Genre, Multimodal, Multi-Disciplinary approach to Music in the classroom in India.

WHAT
PRECEDES
THE
ACADEMIC
MAPPING

We broke down the Music-Brain functionality
into specific skills that can be built by Music in
the classroom.

These skills fall into the following groups –
Cognitive (Thinking), Affective (Feeling),
Conative (Action or Doing), Self-Expression,
Creativity and Discipline.

The weightage of these skills (connoted by
the number of lesson plans that stress on the
concerned skill), divided by age-group is as
below.

Philosophy & Concept
Music and The Mind

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